France Cancels Football Season

French Ligue 1 has become the first of the major five European soccer leagues to be canceled following French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s announcement on Tuesday that all major public events will be prohibited until September.

In a speech, Philippe outlined plans to slowly lift the nationwide lockdown as infection rates in France have fallen daily over the last two weeks. On May 11, shops and markets will be allowed to reopen across France, but restaurants and bars will have to remain shut. The death toll stands at 23,293, according to the latest data of the Johns Hopkins University. 

He announced that there will be no professional sporting events in the country until September, effectively meaning the French league season is canceled.

It is unclear now what will happen to Ligue 1’s final rankings. Previously, the French FA wrote that champions, relegated and promoted clubs will be determined by their points in league tables as of March 13, with the notable exception of the third division and the women’s topflight.

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